LoungeBuddy Airline Lounge Locator App – Review

Air Canada's arrivals lounge at London-Heathrow

By Jonathan Spira on 9 May 2014
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For frequent travelers, the most important thing next to getting one’s preferred seat on the plane is having a few minutes to relax and check e-mail in an airline lounge before or after a flight.  If you have a long layover, finding the “right” lounge becomes critical.

Enter LoungeBuddy, a travel app that locates and recommends airline lounges at specific airports based on user-defined criteria.


Setting up LoungeBuddy is simple.  First create an account.  You can also link to social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn but that’s optional and doesn’t impact the LoungeBuddy experience.

LoungeBuddy Air Canada

Information from the LoungeBuddy app

The second step, creating your profile, is critical.  You enter in your status with various airline lounge memberships, credit cards (and specificity is required, the app lists dozens of American Express cards and lounge policies vary greatly based on the card).

No credit card numbers or membership numbers are requested nor needed.

The app stores lounge information locally so it can be used without an Internet connection, such as may be the case on some flights and in some hotel rooms.

There are two ways to use LoungeBuddy.  Set up your itinerary and then view lounges or search an airport for specific lounges.

In my case, I was going to Denver, an airport I’ve only been to once, on Delta.  I knew that Delta did not have a Sky Club there but I wasn’t sure what my options could be.

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